Archery camp likely from August

Sports Correspondent

12 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) is likely to start a residential training camp after the Eid al-Adha in August at the Archery Training Centre of Shahid Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi.  

BAF Media, Publication and Public Relations Committee Convenor Rafiqul Islam Tipu told daily Sun on Saturday that they could start the camp after the Eid vacation if the situation became not too bad.

“We have a plan to resume camp after Eid in August, but everything depends on the situation,” he said.

Bangladesh Archery team were expected to take part in several international and national competitions including ISSF International Solidarity Championships, Tokyo Olympics’2020 and 9th Bangabandhu Bangladesh Games this year, but their schedule was frozen due to pandemic outbreak worldwide.

An archery training camp for the Olympics, which was going on at the closed-door Archery Training Centre of Shahid Ahsan Ullah Master Stadium in Tongi, had also been suspended in March after the decision of postponement of Olympics. Some 25 national archers are now taking part in online training sessions under their German head coach Martin Frederick. 

“We want to start training camp; they (archers) have been out of training for a long time. They now have their bows and can do practice at home. It isn’t enough, we need to start our training soon,” Martin said.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has decided to re-launch some games that can be played maintaining social distance. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP announced that they would await green-light from the health ministry before resuming sports and training.

The Sports Ministry will talk with the health ministry this week.  The ministry also told the federations to submit their plans for resuming sports and training under adequate health measures. 

“The minister will make a decision this week. We can understand the situation and wait for their decision. We may have to initially start with a few numbers of archers as we have to maintain social distance. In the meantime, the federation will find some ways to get back the rest of the archers in the camp,” the archery coach added.

Meanwhile, The Ministry of Youth and Sports suspended all international and domestic events on March 16 as the government banned all public gatherings to curb the widespread effect of pandemic coronavirus countrywide. The federations opened their offices after a 70-day-break on June 1 as the government eased lockdown and allowed all offices and businesses to resume operations on a limited scale from May 31 to June 15.